Written by Austine ELEMUE

Land encroachment: AMMC tackles military

The Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, AMMC, last week ordered a stop-work on the ongoing earthworks by labourers purportedly engaged by the military on a portion of land located at Kuje junction, off Airport road, belonging to the Nigerian Police. 

AMMC officials, who stormed the site to enforce the stop work order that was served on the site for almost two weeks, said is aimed at addressing the encroachment by a security agency against a sister institution. 

The council explained that this was taken to ensure strict compliance with the rules and regulations of property development in the territory. 

Speaking during the exercise, AMMC Coordinator, Umar Shaibu, said the police had drawn the attention of the council alleging encroachment, which was looked and discovered that it was the military that were clearing land without statutory title document for their activities in the place. 

Shaibu said: "We received a complaint from the Nigerian Police that they have a title to the plot of land in which they noticed ongoing work. The police have the right to inform us that somebody is developing their land.

"It is our responsibility to make sure that whoever is encroaching on any land, we come in and try to resolve the matter by running a thorough check on the land title document that whoever is making the development has. 

"When we came, we discovered that it was the military that was clearing the land, and we asked for their statutory land title document for their activities in the place. 

"For the past one to two weeks that we served stop work notice, unfortunately it was not respected. So, we are here to enforce the stop work order because we have to work according to the rules and regulations of development in Abuja.

"We are not preventing them (the military) from developing the plot but that will be done within the ambit of the law. They (the military) must respect us, because we are the statutory institution for making sure law and order is respected in matters of land. In Nigeria, we must respect law and order, as nobody is above law. 

"Nobody no matter how highly placed has the right to trample on somebody's right, and then we will allow it, we won't be fair to all the citizens of the country most especially developers in Abuja,” he emphasized. 

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